Gujarat Gaay Gauri Mela called off over Covid restrictions: ‘Will decorate cattle and offer prayers indoors’

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    Gujarat Gaay Gauri Mela called off over Covid limitations: ‘Will decorate livestock and use prayers inside’

    Written by Aditi Raja
    | Vadodara |

    November 14, 2020 2: 12: 46 am





    Gaay Gauri Mela cancelled, Gujarat mela called off, Gujarat covid restrictions, Gujarat coronavirus cases, Ahmedabad news, indian express news More than 1,500 bulls encounter the streets of Dahod district each year. (File)

    Theis will be the very first time when 55- year-old Ramesh Damor of Jhari Khareli village in Dahod district will not bring his bulls to the yearly Gaay Gauri Mela, a customary tribal occasion to mark the brand-new year after Diwali. Like numerous religious celebrations, the festival has actually been cancelled this year– possibly for the very first time in the history of the tribal tradition– due to the coronavirus break out.

    Similar to the popular annual Spanish bull run celebration, the streets of Dahod are filled with bejewelled and hand-painted cows and bulls, running desperately as men prostrate to be “run over for blessings”, during the annual celebration held a day after Diwali to mark the Hindu New Year.

    Dissatisfied over the cancellation of the fair, tribals say they will now embellish their livestock like every year and deal prayers inside your home.

    Damor says, his family and the town waits for the entite year for the celebration. “With the coronavirus outbreak, the Collector has issued prohibitory orders this year and so the events have been cancelled. We were extremely disappointed. We had actually hoped that the pandemic will subside, but that has not taken place.”

    Typically, Damor says, villagers colour their livestock and feed them good ideas and sugary foods in the morning and look for forgiveness for the difficulties they give them throughout the year. “Then we allow them to run over us as compensation for the difficulties they bear for us. If their feet mark over our backs, it is considered to be the true blessings from the gods and goddesses,” he includes.

    The age-old practice in Dahod has actually been passed down since numerous generations of farmers. Every year, villagers end up completely force to celebrate the day after Diwali that they call “revering their field livestock”. After the bulls, painted intense and their horns decorated with peacock feathers and glitter, are generated, farmers rupture firecrackers to trigger the animals to run over those prostrating before the herd. Use of air-borne firecrackers throughout the occasion, particularly rockets, were prohibited because 2012.

    As hundreds of livestock charges through the narrow lanes of the town, running over almost everything on way, local citizens cheer from the terraces and rooftops.

    Prabhudas Soida from Devda village in Garbhada states, “We never ever asked our forefathers why this need to be done. If they have actually left such a custom-made it will certainly have a significance. Not whatever can be discussed. The first day of the year starts by asking forgiveness from the cattle which will then be with us throughout the year. This true blessing guarantees a good crop.”

    The community feels that keeping the custom alive is their responsibility. Ashoksinh Rathod, whose predecessors were the ‘Patels’ of 12 neighbouring villages throughout the British period, states, “There is no specific story behind this celebration, but it is a Diwali custom that has actually to be observed.”

    The occasion, which needs police consent, lasts throughout the day as villagers take rounds to bring in their set of the livestock on the roads. More than 1,500 bulls stumble upon the streets of Dahod district each year.

    District Collector Vijay Kharadi informed The Indian Express, “The prohibitory order that is in location as part of the Disaster Management Act likewise applies to this occasion. It is the very first time that it will not be held. The guidelines for Covid-19 preventive procedures can not be followed throughout such an event and, therefore, it can not be allowed even with a fewer number of individuals.”

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